CULTURE

Picasso Museum, Vieil Antibes

The Picasso museum was home for six months to Pablo Picasso in 1946 and the museum is the first in the world to be dedicated to the artist. Picasso donated many works including paintings, drawings, ceramics and etchings. The museum also houses a room of paintings by Nicolas de Stael who became familiar with Antibes during one of his most creative periods. Also works by contemporary artists including: Leger, Magnelli, Ernst, Modigliani, Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman. The sculpture terrace and view is spectacular. Chateau Grimaldi, Place Marejol, Vieil Antibes. Tel: 04 92 90 54 20. Closed Mondays.

Archeology Museum

The museum holds the archeological collections of Antibes from city excavations and the sea floor. Reviving a glorious past, ceramics, amphora, mosaics, money and objects from daily life can be found from Etruscan, Greek, Phoenician and Roman ships. Bastion Saint-Andre, Vieil Antibes. Tel: 04 93 95 85 98.

Villa Eilenroc and Gardens

At the tip of Cap d'Antibes, on a superb plot of 11 hectares, Villa Eilenroc is a beautiful residence symbolizing the luxury and voluptuousness of the Belle Epoque. It was built in 1867 following plans by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris and Monte Carlo opera houses. The park surrounding the villa is planted with traditional species of the Mediterranean landscape. At the heart of this conservation area, a public rose garden offers the fragrances and essences of its thousands of varieties, mostly created in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, the capital of roses. Open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons in high season. Impasse Beaumont, Cap d'Antibes. Tel: 04 93 67 74 33.